Links Mar 11

European Parliament gives overwhelming ‘yes’ vote to end secret corporate ownership Eurodad
See also: MEPs vote for public registers on company ownership European Voice – But, UK Prime Minister does not want the rules applied to trusts

OECD Paper on transfer pricing comparability data and developing countries released for comment

OECD In Asia, Latin America To Talk BEPS Tax-News

Stanford Fraud Victims 1, Government 0 Bloomberg
On the story of the Antigua-based Stanford International Bank, and its owner the former Sir Allen Stanford (Antigua knighted him then took the title back). See also: Stanford’s Swiss Money To Go To Victims FINalernatives

Foreign trusts to be taxed as part of crackdown on tax evasion in Israel Haaretz

US expands investigations against offshore tax evasion to India, Israel The Hindu Business Line

Black money menace: Swiss exchanging ‘lawful’ information with India The Economic Times

Africa’s rising inequalities, the essential role of fair taxation Citifmonline

Nigeria: Missing U.S.$20 Billion – We Can’t Carry Out Forensic Audit, Says Auditor General allAfrica

Australia Pushing For MNEs To Pay ‘Fair’ Tax Contribution Tax-News

Finland, Chile Sign US FATCA Pacts Tax-News

Government to Vodafone: Indo-Dutch BIPA pact doesn’t cover taxation The Economic Times

UK court ruling may prompt more scrutiny of Amazon tax plan Reuters

UK: HMRC Anti-Avoidance Plans Overzealous, CIOT Warns Tax-News
See also: Celebrities face £1bn tax bill in HMRC crackdown CityWire

Bayern Munich’s Uli Hoeness in court over secret Swiss account The Guardian
See also: Swiss account threatens to sideline German icon swissinfo

Singapore and Dubai news: Wealth Report details the habits of the Ultra-rich Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

United Arab Emirates news: Visit from Lord Mayor of London seeking “piece of the Islamic finance action” Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Tempura JR ruling revealed Cayman News Service
Latest events in the corruption case highlighting alleged misgovernance between Britain and its offshore financial centres

South Africa: Tax experts cheer move to fix transfer pricing Business Day Live

Mr Putin’s clever bond issue FT Alphaville
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